Saturday, January 20, 2007
This is the question that's been on my mind for the last month or so since I took the leap -- again -- into trying to write a single title romance. How do I know I'm ready? How do I know if my writing has evolved enough, if my idea is good enough, or if at this very moment I'm giving agents everywhere a good belly laugh?
One day I'm sure the book is brilliant, and the next day I kick myself for sending out any queries at all. But I figure the only way to know I'm ready is to throw things out into the world and find out.
I never had to worry about this before. I wrote my first book a few years ago and I guess I was ready because it sold and here I am with book number seven, Untouched. So maybe we can't know if we're ready or not until the results are in.
I love writing category, but some ideas don't fit, and I think it's natural for us to always want to push the limits, to push for something more. And maybe there's just no concrete starting point, no perfect time to jump. Seems to me writers are often mental adrenaline junkies, always pushing the edge with our ideas and seeing how far we can go. Sometimes we get up limping, but we keep moving.
I guess that's where I am now. I wasn't ready the first time I tried this a few years ago, and I found that out because the book didn't sell (thankfully, really, I'm so grateful that editors saw I wasn't ready), though I learned a lot in the process. I think I'm ready now, or maybe I'm closer to ready. Maybe I'll get a little farther along, if nothing else, I'll bandage up the bumps and bruises I might receive in the process, and keep going.
How have you known you were ready to take on larger projects, or to make a move in a new direction? Were you sure at the start, or did you just jump and find out later?
Posted by Sam Hunter at 6:53 PM